Tag Archives: Arsenal


 Well, I went to the Wolves v Arsenal game!


It didn’t go well! 3-1 is not how I envisaged it going at all! However, it was fun, and it was nice to be at a game again, albeit alone. I was impressed at the stadium atmosphere…not so much by the performance lol




Fa Cup Final Arsenal v Aston Villa prelude

So, it’s ‪‎Arsenal‬ v AstonVilla‬ in the final.

Will past Wembley ghosts come back to haunt the ‪‎gunners‬ ?
Has Benteke‬ piqued too soon?
Did you start reading this in the style/meter of an old Batman episode ending?

All this and more.. Go.. read the article.. and comment on it.. (not here..on the article!!).. and have a giggle at an angst ridden Gooner pondering‪ ‎FACup‬ glory!

“not so long ago at all, visitors from that distant land to the north known as Birmingham, masterminded a smash and grab job at Wembley so effective George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon considered pooling their resources to buy Birmingham City FC just so they could rename them Ocean’s 11!”

And.. here’s my article all about it..

Arsenal and Cavani? Viable or not

I know I know.. I’m neglecting the blog and only using it to add links to my footy articles. What can I say? I’ve become older I suppose and I’m finding less things to be able to rant about. So instead I speculate wildly about Arsenal. Which is nice! Currently… well.. you can see by the title of this little missive. However, there is more too it than that. Cavani is valued at a good £50million, quite an outlay. Perhaps to accommodate him, someone like Walcott might be sold on? Could he play with Giroud? Alexis, Giroud and Cavani up front… sounds all a bit tasty to me.

Anyway.. have a shufti, and comment on the article rather than here if you have some input


Go on.. click the link.. It is… your destiny!

Arsene Wenger Xmas Wishlist

Ok ok I was bored. So, i wrote a letter, from Wenger, to Santa! Which was nice. I found it funny but that’s just me! If the world was full of people who had my sense of humour, i’d probably like being here a lot more than I do! 

However. I wrote it, it’s out there, and if you want to have a nosey, then I guess I should plop a link underneath this.

Arsene Wenger’s Xmas Arsenal wishlist

There! That wasn’t so painful was it?

Arsenal land Monaco in Champions League dream draw for Wenger

Actually… there’s not much more I can say other than read the article, otherwise it kind of renders the article superfluous… and we’ll have no superfluousness here!

My utterly enthralling missive can be found under this wonderful Arsenal FC Gunners themed link!

I know I know… I feel all dirty making a blog post and then not really saying very much, but… I’m suffering from man flu and am thus dying in a veritable oozy mess! Perhaps tomorrow I might wrote a rant. It’s been too long!

Van Gaal, Welbeck and who knows what else?

Ah I’ve been waffling again, and as such, feel almost obliged to sling up a link from here. This time it’s about the moving in the transfer windows of Arsenal, Man United, and their respective managers.

Van gaal is certainly a strange one. I don’t like him, because I thin his tactics are not adventurous enough, (I blame them for not getting the Dutch side to the World Cup final), and also I suspect he has no concept of the English league. 

And as for Wenger… well… the longer he’s at Arsenal, the more I’m becoming less hostile to him being replaced. It’s becoming an annoyance how there seem to be obvious errors in much of what he does.

Anyway… the Welbeck to Arsenal link is there, and the Luis van Gaal Falcao link is there!



New Arsenal Puma Shirt too tight for the Man in the Street?

Ah, it’s been emotional. A spanking new kit deal with Puma, and a spanking new striker. Arsenal are moving up in the world finally to where the stadium, and the ticket prices, require them to be. But, what could’ve been, and should’ve been, something to celebrate has quickly turned into something of a PR disaster for both Puma and Arsenal as the new kit, worn by Flamini, Ozil, Cazorla et al, clings to the contours of these athlete like a second skin. Fabulous looking on trained professionals, not so wonderful on the pie chips and curry man in the street. People are not impressed. “I can’t wear that, I’ll look like a sausage” etc etc… is the theme of many a tweet and internet post. 

However… all is not what it seems. Gunners, have a swift look at my article here which will explain that, in actual fact, the shirt you’ll likely be purchasing will be of a similar fit to all the other shirts you’ve ever bought.

Jack Wilshere seems cursed

Ah, yet another injury for Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal midfield talisman who seems fated to spend his football days injured. He has Robin van Persie syndrome, in that he plays well, and then ends up on the treatment table.

However this time, the injury happened while playing an utterly pointless England friendly against Denmark. To compound his fracture (if you’ll pardon the pun), the injury was caused by a League Championship rival player, from Liverpool.

Much more can be found out about what I have to say on such things, by heading over to my column here!

Happy new year

Well, I have to say, New Year started well. New Years Eve in the Giffard in Wolverhampton, followed swiftly by a visit to the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal v Cardiff! Getting up wasn’t an issue as we behaved ourselves regarding the drinking, so we were off and away before 8am! London was a tad wet, and our seats in the ground were high, but, I had no issue whatsoever with either! Managed to get a few decent pictures off too.


And, of course, we won! Which was nice! Bendtner and Theo Walcott scoring. The game itself wasn’t wonderful, with only 3 shots on target before we scored in the 88th minute, but this is because we’re starting Walcott again. Or rather, we were. He’s out now for 6 months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, and so that’s prompted me to write a piece about AFC and how maybe this might work out nicely for the gunners. Fancy a read, then you’ll find the story here. (and the picture used in the article is also mine!) Many thanks to David and his father for the opportunity, and many thanks to a different David for a spanking new Arsenal shirt to go with the occasion! Son of Bot seems well, bouncy, and far too lively to be human at times! I maintain something happened to him when he was younger to have made him this way, although what that something was, I dare not speculate!

Meet up with Heidi-Rose to pass on mother’s watch was cool. Her kids remind me of her at that age! Then it was off to Mr Myers’s house for dinner with mistress Sadie and the very lovely Silvia-Rose! The food was as good as the company, and whisper has it that the veg for me was kept separate! Impressive! Hoping to see you both soon!

So, what of the new year? “Any resolutions”, I here you cry. Well, actually, no. I want to write more, and get myself up to over 1,000,000 reads, but, asides from that, there’s not much I want. I assume I will learn more Dutch by osmosis but without a tutor I suppose I can only attempt to teach myself, and that requires motivation which I lack. Returning from the UK this time, was probably the first time which I would’ve preferred not to be coming home. It was a better example of how my world used to work. Amble down a street, chat to people, amble into a shop, chat to people, have people beep or shout as they go past on the road. It was the world I lived in, complete with the food and drinks which went along with it. 6 and a half years have passed though, and I wonder if I could even maintain that life anymore. And as a married man to boot. Who knows? And so I sit, and tap away on the computer, and look at the year to come, the year I turn 40, with a mixture of apathy and listlessness. Maybe, if I get my teeth into the writing, something more with come of it. It would be hard to argue with 1 million reads.  By my reckoning, that would take about 140 more articles. Easily doable in the space of the year, now that I’m familiar with what exactly drives article reads.

I guess we’ll see. The best corners are the ones which you don’t see coming!

We all touch someone’s hand, on the way through the dance.

Ah, I have again neglected this blog far too much. My apologies.

So, what’s new in the world of Wiseman? My last post was in October! Disgraceful! I’ve been busy since then. Firstly and fore-mostly, I’ve become a father. Oh wait, no. I mean a Godfather. I keep forgetting that you can’t  just remove God out of everything just because he’s imaginary. Anyway, I was honoured to be asked by a certain Mr Myers, and his good lady Sadie, to play Godfather to Silvia-Rose, so I flew over to sunny Crewe for a few days.


A good time was had by all and it was good to reconnect again. I still don’t really know what Sadie made of me, especially as I was shattered throughout most of my visit, and annoyed as the Crewe Arms Hotel had no hot water for my entire stay! A review of the place can be found HERE which, while written in my usual good humour, still reflects quite how angry I was. 

Anyway, moving on, I also went to my first Champions League game, Ajax v Celtic, which was actually pretty damned cool. Cost a small fortune but, the game was good, the atmosphere and seats good, but the fans behaviour was seriously grim. Fighting everywhere outside, and inside, every foul was bellowed at like someone had beheadded their favourite dog, and then eaten it. Hoping for slightly more sportsmanship and slightly less partisan attitude when we go and see Arsenal v Cardiff on New Years Day. I did however, manage to get a couple of good pictures, this one being one of the best.


Well, I like it anyway!

And now? Well.. there is not much new really. Still writing my football articles, which have garnered me over 150,000 reads. The next milestone I suppose is half a million, and the January Transfer Window should help me with that. Actually wrote an article today saying Suarez could well be an Arsenal target again now that Liverpool’s Sturridge is injured, which seems to be grabbing some attention. Feel free passing people to go join in the debate.

Xmas seems like it will be a non-event his year. As I’ve still not set foot in the pub where last year we had our dinner, I suppose it will probably be just the two of us. Not such a bad thing I suppose. New Year should consist of the Giffard in Wolves the Arsenal game at The Emirates, and then back to sunny Crewe for pies and Indians! As a side note, and a strange coincidence, my rosacea has barely flared in the last year. I’m wondering if there is a connection, either relating to stresses which are no longer there from going into my old local, or more likely, perhaps a detergent used to clean the glasses was helping it eat my face. Either way, I’m good with the fact that it’s eased off.

Given how lax I’ve been, then next update will probably contain pictures of all of the above! Until then… toodle pip.